So, the 49ers decided to make it official-and in style.
For pretty much the entire day on Thursday, the National Football League world was buzzing with reports that the San Francisco 49ers have signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year extension that will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
Garoppolo is set to earn an NFL-record average of $27.5 million per season, topping the $27 million Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford earns annually.
But if the 49ers are truly giving $90 million in guaranteed money to Garoppolo (sorry, we're still trying to wrap our head around that number), then any deal for Cousins would have to include a figure well north of $100 million in guaranteed money. He would have made roughly the same amount of money had he signed the non-exclusive Franchise Tag three seasons in a row. Why should a player who has never really won anything be the league's highest-paid player? Kirk Cousins is expected to be well compensated. "This is what needs to be done.' I think a lot of that comes from who he was job shadowing the first three or four years of his career over there in New England".
Former Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo Signs Record Deal With 49ers
If San Francisco is going to return to its glory days, Garoppolo is a good bet to hedge on. The 26-year-old played at an All-Pro level through six games for the 49ers, piling up 1,560 yards for a passer rating of 96.2. He didn't have time to learn Kyle Shanahan's system or establish a relationship with his receivers.
After all, the best deals are always the ones that pay a premium for what a player will do rather than what he's already done. Garoppolo looks pretty excited in the photo. They didn't want to lose him.
All it cost was a second-round pick. Seems a little high, right?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback of the present is officially their quarterback of the future. With several quarterbacks projected to go in the top 10 - Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Sam Darnold to name a few - you could see top tier non-QB talent trickle all the way down to San Francisco.